Machine learning as a model for cultural learning: Teaching an algorithm what it means to be fat

@article{ArsenievKoehler2020MachineLA,
  title={Machine learning as a model for cultural learning: Teaching an algorithm what it means to be fat},
  author={Alina Arseniev-Koehler and Jacob G. Foster},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2020},
  volume={abs/2003.12133}
}
  • Alina Arseniev-Koehler, Jacob G. Foster
  • Published 2020
  • Computer Science
  • ArXiv
  • Overweight individuals, and especially women, are disparaged as immoral, unhealthy, and low class. These negative conceptions are not intrinsic to obesity; they are the tainted fruit of cultural learning. Scholars often cite media consumption as a key mechanism for learning cultural biases, but it remains unclear how this public culture becomes private culture. Here we provide a computational account of this learning mechanism, showing that cultural schemata can be learned from news reporting… CONTINUE READING

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